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Lecture-Concert Series presents Maxine 'Precious'
Ballard, Oct. 27
Oct. 8, 2009 --
“Precious” Ballard is the featured speaker in the fourth event of
Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert Series. Ballard will present
“Overcoming Adversity and Discovering Your Best True Self” Tuesday, Oct.
27, at 7 p.m. in ASU’s
Union Auditorium, located at 101 N. Caraway Rd, Jonesboro. This event,
like all events in the Lecture-Concert Series, is free and open to the
public. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Diversity at ASU.
Maxine “Precious” Ballard is the sister of Florence “Flo”
Ballard, the late founding member of the Motown female R and B musical
group, the Supremes, considered by many to be the greatest female
singing group of all time. Ballard has authored the book “The True Story
of Florence Ballard” to address her sister’s life and her legacy and to
dispel many of the rumors surrounding her untimely death at the age of
thirty-two. Ballard’s presentation will address overcoming a family
legacy of alcoholism, resilience in the face of poverty and domestic
violence, and her sister’s fighting spirit and great generosity. Ballard
will also address finding one’s purpose and passion and setting and
The lecture will largely consist of a personal account of Maxine Ballard’s own life, alongside a discussion of
Florence Ballard’s life and untimely death, with the overarching goal of
helping the audience to understand that individuals are not tied to
their circumstances--that they can overcome even the most adverse
conditions by taking several steps and paths to get to an established
plan for their lives.
Maxine “Precious” Ballard is a retired kindergarten teacher. She lives
in Detroit, Michigan. She received two degrees from the University of
Detroit--both a bachelor of arts and a master of arts. During the 1960s
and 1970s, Maxine Ballard, like her sister, was an entertainer and
singer. She maintained close connections with several Motown artists and
executives. She and Florence Ballard were only 11 months apart in age,
and she feels that by writing this story, her sister “Blondie” can be
redeemed and celebrated as the artist and compassionate person that she
For more information on Maxine Ballard’s book, “The True Story of
Florence Ballard,” visit
http://www.maxineballard.com/book.html. Ballard also enjoys hearing
from Florence Ballard fans, and welcomes letters sent to her at
firstname.lastname@example.org, with the topic of the e-mail indicated in
the subject line.
For more details, contact
associate dean for the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308, or via e-mail
Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural
life of the campus, community, and region.